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United States Defense and Military Forces nytimes.com

Editorial: The Pentagon Is Not a Sacred Cow

As vital as military spending is, that doesn’t justify waste or robbing from other important programs.

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BRIEF-Deutsche Bank Raises Prime Lending Rate To 4.50 Pct

* DEUTSCHE BANK- CO'S NEW YORK BRANCH, DEUTSCHE BANK NEW YORK, SUBSIDIARY DEUTSCHE BANK TRUST COMPANY AMERICAS RAISED PRIME LENDING FROM 4.25% TO 4.50%

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BRIEF-Keycorp Raises Its Prime Lending Rate To 4.50 Percent

* KEYCORP RAISES ITS PRIME LENDING RATE TO 4.50 PERCENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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'Star Wars' inspires bionic hand

New prosthetic technology has made it possible for an amputee to play the piano. Musician Jason Barnes uses a bionic hand created by Georgia Tech researchers and inspired by "Star Wars'" Luke Skywalker.

RealReal Inc nytimes.com

Critical Shopper: Why You Should Love Secondhand Fashion Now

The RealReal, the luxury consignment site, has opened its first store.

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BRIEF-Citibank Says Raised Base Lending Rate To 4.50% From 4.25%

* CITIBANK SAYS RAISED ITS BASE LENDING RATE TO 4.50% FROM 4.25%, EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 14, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Kids find direction by getting their hands dirty

Aaron Valencia was a teenager when his life hit rock bottom.

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UPDATE 1-Natgas producer EQT sets 2018 capital spending budget at $2.4 bln

Dec 13 (Reuters) - EQT Corp on Wednesday said it expected to spend 60 percent more on its capital budget in 2018 after it became the biggest U.S. natural gas producer when it completed its acquisition of Rice Energy last month.

Skiing nytimes.com

I Wanted to Backcountry Ski in Vermont. So I Helped Clear the Trails.

Brandon Gap, managed by the Forest Service, is a beautiful place to glide. But maintaining it requires some hard work — and that’s a good thing.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Text Messages in Hand, Republicans Plan to Accuse Justice Department of Bias

A chorus of Republicans, including some party mainstays, are questioning the impartiality of the Justice Department and F.B.I. to discredit the Trump investigation.

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Jones: We have shown the country we can unify

Doug Jones addresses his supporters after defeating Republican Judge Roy Moore in Alabama's Senate election.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Editorial: Roy Moore Loses, Sanity Reigns

Doug Jones strikes a blow against Donald Trump and for morality in American politics.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Editorial: Fox News v. Robert Mueller

The propaganda machine has kicked into high gear, and has a single goal: convincing President Trump to fire the special counsel.

Courts and the Judiciary nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Law Schools Should Protect Students From Judges Like Alex Kozinski

Professors should refuse to send students to a problematic judge and publicly explain why.

Ports nytimes.com

Sri Lanka, Struggling With Debt, Hands a Major Port to China

With many countries owing China for “One Belt, One Road” projects, some critics said Sri Lanka was setting a dangerous precedent of signing over territory.

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Saudi Aramco lifts spending plans to $414 bln over next decade

DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco plans to raise its spending to $414 billion over the next 10 years, including on infrastructure and drilling, as the state oil giant moves into new businesses, executives said.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Editorial: Mr. Mnuchin’s Magical Math on Taxes

Pressed to prove that a tax cut for the rich can pay for itself, the Treasury relies on growth “models” with no basis in reality.

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BRIEF-Toshiba Says Has Not Reached Agreement Now With Western Digital On Ending Legal Dispute

* TOSHIBA SAYS HAS NOT REACHED AGREEMENT NOW WITH WESTERN DIGITAL ON ENDING LEGAL DISPUTE Further company coverage: (Reporting By Chris Gallagher)

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FS Investments moves lending platform from Blackstone to KKR

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Debt investment company FS Investment Corp and buyout firm KKR are pooling together more than $18 billion in private capital to invest in mid-sized businesses, in a push to do bigger deals which are out of reach for other alternative lenders.

Terrorism nytimes.com

Editorial: New Yorkers Don’t Scare Easily

Even after a rush-hour blast, fearmongers stoking fear of carnage and mayhem find little support in a populace adept at keeping its composure.

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U.S. agency prepares to hand over internet oversight to FTC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to turn over oversight of internet service providers to another federal agency as it plans to vote on Thursday to revoke the landmark 2015 "net neutrality" rules.

scienceNews reuters.com

Trump starts process of sending Americans back to moon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar program, President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration as he began a process to return Americans to the moon.

healthNews reuters.com

Austria to drop impending smoking ban, bucking Western trend

VIENNA (Reuters) - While much of the West has barred smoking in restaurants and bars, Austria's impending ban is set to be stubbed out.

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Lending startup Affirm valued at $1.8 bln in latest financing round

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Silicon Valley lending startup Affirm said on Monday it has raised $200 million in a fresh round of funding, boosting prospects as the firm aims to go after the market for millennial shoppers needing loans.

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Trump to start process of sending Americans back to moon: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday will sign a directive aimed at sending Americans back to the moon and eventually to Mars, the White House said.

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BRIEF-FS Investments, KKR To Form Middle Market Alternative Lending Platform

* FS INVESTMENTS AND KKR PARTNERING TO FORM PREMIER $18 BILLION MIDDLE MARKET ALTERNATIVE LENDING PLATFORM

Comic Books and Strips nytimes.com

Nonfiction: The Hand of the Comic Artist

Manohla Dargis reviews two new books that examine the aesthetics and the business of comics, from Superman to R. Crumb.

Taj Mahal nytimes.com

Editorial: Hate Smears India’s Symbol of Love, the Taj Mahal

Powerful Hindu extremists are so obsessed with demonizing Muslims that they are deprecating the nation’s unifying cultural treasure.

Law and Legislation nytimes.com

Editorial: Opening Up New York’s Public Records

Governor Cuomo has a chance to champion government transparency by signing a bill to pick up legal fees when a request is wrongly denied.

Automobiles nytimes.com

Volkswagen Chief Suggests Ending Subsidies for Diesel Cars

In a major turnaround, Matthias Müller said that Germany should consider phasing out tax breaks that have encouraged diesel’s popularity in Europe.

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Yemen's Saleh buried in Sanaa with handful of relatives present: sources

DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen's Houthi group has buried the body of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, allowing only a handful of relatives to attend, sources from his General People's Congress (GPC) party said on Sunday.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Editorial: The Looting of America’s Public Lands

Mr. Trump thinks the environment has gotten too good a deal, so he eliminated two million acres from national monuments in Utah.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Editorial: Trump’s Scare Tactics on North Korea Scare Us

The Trump administration’s threats of war will not make Kim Jong-un back down.

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U.S. lawyer defending travel ban grilled in court over Trump's tweets

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal appeals court judges on Friday asked about President Donald Trump's sharing of anti-Muslim videos on his Twitter account, as they grilled a U.S. government lawyer about the legality of the president's latest travel ban.

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Trump signs temporary spending bill as budget talks intensify

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed legislation to fund the federal government for two weeks, giving congressional negotiators more time to work out budget priorities through next September and other thorny policy matters.

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CVS expects Justice Department to handle review of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp expects the U.S. Justice Department to do the antitrust review of its planned acquisition of health insurer Aetna Inc, a spokesman for the drugstore chain operator said.

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UPDATE 1-CVS expects U.S. Justice Department to handle review of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp expects the U.S. Justice Department to do the antitrust review of its planned acquisition of health insurer Aetna Inc, a spokesman for the drugstore chain operator said.

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CVS expects U.S. Justice Department to handle review of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S. drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp expects the Justice Department to do the antitrust review of its planned acquisition of health insurer Aetna Inc, a spokesman said.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Editorial: What Congress Can Learn from Al Franken

Will other lawmakers who abuse their power be held to the same standard?

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LendingClub shares take a hit from disappointing forecast

(Reuters) - Shares of LendingClub Corp hit a record low on Thursday after the online lender raised its loss estimate and cut its revenue forecast for the fourth quarter.

Movies nytimes.com

Bobby Cannavale, Tough Guy, ‘Can Handle a Pink Couch’

He charms Martin Scorsese and thrills his co-stars, so isn’t it time you recognized that Mr. Cannavale isn’t “the guy you went to high school with”?

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Ryan feels good about spending bill, wants budget cap talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said he felt good about the vote count on a government spending bill coming before House on Thursday afternoon that is aimed at keeping the government from shutting down this week.

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Libyan mayors meet for more leverage to tackle country's meltdown

TUNIS (Reuters) - More than 90 mayors from across Libya's political divides are meeting for the first time in an effort to shore up their role in tackling conflict-linked crises and promote themselves as a unifying movement.

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UPDATE 1-Chevron projects $18.3 bln spending budget, down 4 pct

HOUSTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Chevron Corp, the second largest U.S.-based oil producer, is budgeting $18.3 billion for capital projects next year, the company said on Wednesday, about 4 percent less than this year and lower for a fourth year in a row.

Prison Guards and Corrections Officers nytimes.com

Editorial: Holding Prison Guards Accountable

New York State’s corrections officers are too often protected from punishment, even for brutal attacks on prisoners.

Elections, Mayors nytimes.com

Editorial: Let’s Limit the Term-Limit Debate

New York City voters have made clear over the years that two terms are enough for city officials, but City Council members are considering a third.

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Bill letting people bring concealed guns across state lines passes U.S. House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People would be able to bring legal, concealed guns into any U.S. state under legislation the House of Representatives approved on Wednesday that would also bolster the national background check system and require a study of the "bump stocks" used in October's Las Vegas mass shooting.

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Chelsea Handler evacuates home amid wildfire threat

Comedian Chelsea Handler is among the thousands who have had to flee their homes over the last three days as several wildfires burn in Southern California.

Football nytimes.com

N.F.L. Extends Roger Goodell’s Contract, Ending Weeks of Discord

A committee of owners signed off on a contract worth about $200 million over five years, ending a bitter standoff with Jerry Jones, the Cowboys’ owner.

healthNews reuters.com

U.S. healthcare spending growth slowed in 2016

(Reuters) - Growth in healthcare spending in the United States slowed in 2016 following two years of expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a government health agency reported on Wednesday.

Country Music nytimes.com

Album Review: For Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, You Can’t Teach an Old Country Bro New Tricks

New albums from the two singers are at odds over whether country is in the lyrics or the sounds.

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Deutsche Boerse chairman considering early departure: Handelsblatt

BERLIN (Reuters) - Deutsche Boerse Chairman Joachim Faber is considering quitting as head of the exchange operator's supervisory board as early as in 2019, Handelsblatt reported, citing sources in the finance industry.

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Couple aims to wed in every country with same-sex marriage

They've been married four times -- to each other.

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Russia's Olympic ban strengthens Putin's re-election hand

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Opinion polls show Vladimir Putin is already a shoo-in to win a fourth presidential term. But a ban on Russia taking part in the Winter Olympics is likely to make support for him even stronger, by uniting voters around his message: The world is against us.

Music nytimes.com

Feature: From Farm to Farm With the King of ‘Bro-Country’

Luke Bryan has been testing the sonic limits of country music for a decade. Just how much novelty can the genre take?

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-BP ‍To Build A New Lubricants Blending Plant In China​

* ‍NEW LUBRICANTS BLENDING PLANT IN CHINA WITH EXPECTED INVESTMENT OF AROUND RMB1.5 BILLION​

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Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel capital, upending decades of U.S. policy

WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and set in motion the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to the ancient city, senior U.S. officials said, a decision that upends decades of U.S. policy and risks fueling violence in the Middle East.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Editorial: Does President Trump Want to Negotiate Middle East Peace?

Moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem is almost certain to anger the Palestinians and most Arab nations.

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House will vote on allowing concealed gun owners to carry across state lines

The House will vote Wednesday on a bill that would let gun owners with permits to carry concealed weapons travel to other states with their concealed firearms.

Gun Control nytimes.com

Editorial: Going National With Concealed Guns

Concealed-carry reciprocity is a threat to law and order.

companyNews reuters.com

CORRECTED-Enbridge suspends Line 5 pipeline across Great Lakes due to bad weather

* Enbridge Inc temporarily shut down its 540,000 barrel per day Line 5 oil pipeline across Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes on Tuesday due to high winds and nine-foot high waves, according to the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE).

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Sen. Jeff Flake writes a check to Democrat opposing Roy Moore with the message, 'Country over Party'

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who's been adamantly opposed to Republican Alabama Senate hopeful Roy Moore, posted a photo Tuesday of a check with his signature on it that was addressed to Moore's Democratic rival, Doug Jones.

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House Republicans mull length of spending bill as vote looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives were in discussions on Tuesday about how long to fund the federal government in a short-term spending measure expected to come to a vote as early as Wednesday.

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U.S. House Republicans mull length of spending bill as vote looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives were in discussions on Tuesday about how long to fund the federal government in a short-term spending measure expected to come to a vote as early as Wednesday.

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Thyssenkrupp chairman rejects investor call for breakup: Handelsblatt

BERLIN (Reuters) - Thyssenkrupp Chairman Ulrich Lehner has rejected investor calls to break up the industrial group and backed top management's plan to transform the firm into a technology group, Germany's Handelsblatt reported, citing an interview.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Editorial: Yes, the President Can Obstruct Justice

Also: Why lie if you’ve done nothing wrong?

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund nytimes.com

The Neediest Cases Fund: At 76, Studying Social Work After Reaching for a Helping Hand

Selwyn Allen, a longtime carpenter, fell behind on his rent while fighting bladder cancer. Now he’s seeking to make a late-in-life career change.

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'Frozen' short ending its run with 'Coco'

No, fans did not love "Olaf's Frozen Adventure," but that's not reportedly why the short is being pulled from theaters.

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Nine charged over links to banned Turkish group detained pending trial

ATHENS (Reuters) - A Greek court on Monday ordered the detention of nine Turkish citizens pending trial for terrorism-related offences, including links to a banned militant group behind a series of suicide bombings in Turkey.

Buddhism nytimes.com

The Stone: In Dark Times, ‘Dirty Hands’ Can Still Do Good

To transcend our complicity in the world’s worst crises, we need self-knowledge and humility.

Art nytimes.com

Editorial: Art, Freed From Guantánamo

The military seems unsettled by the attention an exhibition of prisoner art has garnered from news organizations.

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Editorial: Hands Across the Water, Then a Slap in the Face

The ranting of the American president dashed the good cheer from a royal Anglo-American engagement.

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Foreign policy analyst: Trump making me feel like a foreigner in my own country

Author and foreign policy analyst Max Boot feels President Donald Trump is making him feel like a "foreigner" in his own country.

Federal Bureau of Investigation nytimes.com

Trump, Defending Himself After Flynn Guilty Plea, Says F.B.I. Is in ‘Tatters’

In an extraordinary attack on the top law enforcement body in his own government, Mr. Trump accused the F.B.I. and its career investigators of having a bias against him.

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Syrian Kurdish YPG says seized eastern Deir al-Zor countryside from IS

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish forces and their Arab allies fully captured the eastern Deir al-Zor countryside from Islamic State, with the help of both the U.S.-led coalition and Russia, the Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday.

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UPDATE 1-China's Xi says country will not close door to global internet

WUZHEN, China Dec 3 (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday the country will not close its door to the global internet, but that cyber sovereignty is key in its vision of internet development.

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China's Xi says country will not close door to global internet

WUZHEN, China (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said the country will not close its door to the global internet, but that cyber sovereignty is key to the development of the internet.

Federal Budget (US) nytimes.com

Editorial: Tasks for Congress: Ignore President, Keep Government Open …

Congress faces much unfinished business this month. Working around Mr. Trump would help them get it done.

Federal Budget (US) nytimes.com

Heading Toward Tax Victory, Republicans Eye Next Step: Cut Spending

With Republicans’ new ambitions, the bill heading toward completion is not just a tax cut, but the first step toward a long-held vision to undo the New Deal and Great Society.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Editorial: A Historic Tax Heist

In which Republican donors pick your children’s pockets.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

A Hasty, Hand-Scribbled Tax Bill Sets Off an Outcry

Senator Jon Tester, Democrat of Montana, called it “Washington D.C. at its worst” as Republicans sought to speed through their amended bill, handwriting and all.

Flynn, Michael T nytimes.com

Editorial: Flynn Flipped. Who’s Next?

Michael Flynn’s guilty plea raises obvious questions: What did President Trump know? And when did he know it?

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No hike in Argentine defense spending despite sub tragedy: senator

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Argentina will not increase defense spending, despite the loss of a submarine with 44 crew aboard that has sparked criticism of the state of its armed forces, a close ally of President Mauricio Macri said on Friday.

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LPC: US private equity lending hits record levels

NEW YORK, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Lending to US private equity-owned companies hit a record high of US$588bn at the end of November, despite regulators’ attempts to cool the market and a lack of jumbo deals, and is expected to climb further before the end of the year.

Kimmel, Jimmy nytimes.com

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel, Defending Christianity, Offers to Fight Roy Moore

Mr. Kimmel lashed out at Mr. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama accused of sexual misconduct, after the two tangled on Twitter.

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Markets watchdog investigates D. Boerse's handling of new CEO hire

FRANKFURT, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Germany's financial markets watchdog BaFin is questioning Deutsche Boerse over how it communicated the appointment of Theodor Weimer as chief executive, the regulator said on Friday.

Travel and Vacations nytimes.com

The Getaway: Sending Out an SOS: The Rise of Travel Security Apps

Safety apps aim to offer assurance on the road.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Editorial: Help Wanted: Top Diplomat

President Trump undermined Rex Tillerson’s success at the State Department, but that doesn’t mean his successor will do a better job.

Pain-Relieving Drugs nytimes.com

Editorial: Kellyanne Conway Might as Well Be ‘Opioid Czar’

President Trump trusts Ms. Conway. Is that enough to get something done on the opioid addiction crisis?

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Michigan candidate suggests ending harassment by voting for someone 'who doesn't have a penis'

One Michigan Democrat running for office has a suggestion for how to end sexual harassment.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Editorial: Is North Korea’s Nuclear Test a Sign of Hope?

With his nuclear ambitions apparently realized, Kim Jong-un may now be willing to negotiate.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Editorial: The Senate is Rushing to Pass Its Tax Bill Because It Stinks

This is no way to handle a complex piece of legislation, and the Republicans must know it.

Courts and the Judiciary nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Conservatives Should Oppose Expanding the Federal Courts

A proposal to create hundreds of new judgeships to undo President Barack Obama’s judicial legacy is wrongheaded and based on false assumptions.

worldNews reuters.com

Palestinian rivals delay full Gaza handover by 10 days

GAZA (Reuters) - Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas agreed on Wednesday to delay final transfer of power of the Gaza Strip from Hamas to the Western-backed Palestinian government by 10 days to Dec. 10 to allow time to "complete arrangements", officials said.

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Meredith’s Time buy helps lift U.S. media lending to 11-year high

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. media group Meredith Corp’s planned purchase of Time Inc is the latest in a run of mergers that have boosted media lending to the highest point in more than a decade as the sector regroups to fight online content providers.

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LPC: Meredith’s Time buy helps lift US media lending to 11-yr high

NEW YORK, Nov 29 (Reuters) - US media group Meredith Corp’s planned purchase of Time Inc is the latest in a run of mergers that have boosted media lending to the highest point in more than a decade as the sector regroups to fight online content providers.

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BRIEF-Flagstar Bank Announces Enotes For Ewarehouse Lending

* SAYS ‍FLAGSTAR BANK IS ACCEPTING ENOTES TO FUND WAREHOUSE LENDING TRANSACTIONS​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Television nytimes.com

MTV Searches for ‘Jersey Shore’ Magic on the Florida Panhandle

The creator of “Floribama Shore,” the name of which is meant to evoke “Jersey Shore,” says the show is different and the cast is more earnest and vulnerable.

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BRIEF-Oaktree Specialty Lending Qtrly ‍Loss Per Share $0.89​

* OAKTREE SPECIALTY LENDING CORPORATION ANNOUNCES FOURTH FISCAL QUARTER 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Editorial: Senate Considers Making a Terrible Tax Bill Even Worse

Dragging its abysmal standards lower, it may throw more money at billionaires to win two crucial votes.

Carbon Dioxide nytimes.com

E.P.A. Heads to Coal Country to Hear Views on an Obama Climate Rule

The public hearing in West Virginia was a required step before undoing the Clean Power Plan. One expert said the venue “does not denote a keen interest in alternative views.”

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Senate Republicans shove tax bill ahead; spending fight erupts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans rammed forward President Donald Trump's tax cut bill on Tuesday in an abrupt, partisan committee vote that set up a full vote by the Senate as soon as Thursday, although some details of the measure remained unsettled.

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More U.S. shoppers than expected kick off holiday spending season

CHICAGO (Reuters) - More than 174 million U.S. shoppers made purchases over Thanksgiving weekend and Cyber Monday, the National Retail Federation said on Tuesday, beating the industry group's expectations and signaling a strong start to the holiday quarter.

cnn.com

Trump on North Korea launch: We will handle it

President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that the United States "will handle" the situation in North Korea after the rogue nation launched yet another intercontinental ballistic missile.

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Republican tax plan clears hurdle in Senate; fight erupts over spending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's push for a big package of tax cuts moved past a potential obstacle on Tuesday as a Senate panel approved the measure despite lingering concerns from some Republican members.

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U.S. repeal of carbon rule criticized in coal country

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Reuters) - Health groups, environmentalists and a former coal miner criticized the Trump administration's proposal to dismantle an Obama-era rule to slash carbon emissions from power plants at a public hearing held in the heart of coal country on Tuesday.

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U.S. EPA takes repeal of clean power plan to coal country

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency heard testimony from coal miners, lobbyists, environmentalists and others on Tuesday at a public meeting in West Virginia on the agency's proposal to dismantle an Obama-era plan to slash carbon emissions from power plants.

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Obama to meet with China's Xi on 3-country trip

Former President Barack Obama embarks Tuesday on an five-day trip to China, India and France, where he will meet with many of his former counterparts, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Obama's spokeswoman told CNN.

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EPA takes repeal of clean power plan to coal country

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hear testimony from coal miners, lobbyists, environmentalists and others on Tuesday at a public meeting in West Virginia on the EPA's proposal to dismantle an Obama-era plan to slash carbon emissions from power plants.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Editorial: What Congressmen Are Hiding

A system for settling sexual harassment complaints against lawmakers puts the burden on victims, and taxpayers.

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Payday lending pioneer convicted in U.S. of racketeering scheme

(Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man considered a pioneer in the payday lending industry was found guilty on Monday of engaging in a racketeering scheme that helped fund businesses that generated $688 million from short-term loans to hundreds of thousands of people.

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BRIEF-Mountain Province Diamonds Says Received Extension Of Waiver Under Project Lending Facility Until Jan 31‍​

* MOUNTAIN PROVINCE DIAMONDS - RECEIVED EXTENSION OF WAIVER FOR FUNDING OF REMAINING RESERVE ACCOUNTS UNDER PROJECT LENDING FACILITY UNTIL JAN 31, 2018‍​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2k24NVn) Further company coverage:

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Ending NAFTA would hurt growth, competitiveness of United States, Canada: report

DETROIT (Reuters) - Terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement would harm the U.S. and Canadian economies and reduce their competitiveness versus Asia and Europe, a report issued by the Bank of Montreal said on Monday.

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Police in Trump-supporting towns aid immigration officials in crackdown

BENSALEM, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Dozens of police departments in the United States have been granted new powers, or are seeking them, to check the immigration status of people they arrest, aiding President Donald Trump's broad crackdown on people living in the country illegally.

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BMW to spend 6.5-7 percent of sales on R&D in 2018: CFO in Handelsblatt

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German carmaker BMW will further raise its spending on research and development next year, to 6.5 to 7 percent of sales, its finance chief Nicolas Peter told German daily Handelsblatt.

Search and Seizure nytimes.com

Editorial: Cops, Cellphones and Privacy at the Supreme Court

The justices have a good opportunity to bring the Fourth Amendment up-to-date in the digital age.

cnn.com

Senators want to add new DACA policy to spending bill

Sens. Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham said they believe the Senate can reach a consensus on immigration policy, possibly as part of the year-end government funding bill.

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World's most high-profile Christian taking center stage in staunchly Buddhist country

The world's most high-profile Christian is about to take center stage in a staunchly Buddhist country accused of horrifying acts of brutality against its Rohingya Muslim minority.

United States Economy nytimes.com

Editorial: The Republican Tax on the Future

More debt, a growing trade deficit, factories moving overseas — that’s no way to make America great.

Hurricane Maria (2017) nytimes.com

Editorial: Mr. Trump’s Paper Towels Aren’t Helping Puerto Rico

With little sign of progress, thousands of people are leaving for the mainland each day.

companyNews reuters.com

China online finance regulator tells unqualified micro-lenders to stop lending

BEIJING, Nov 25 (Reuters) - The National Internet Finance Association of China issued a risk warning letter late on Friday telling "unqualified institutions" to immediately stop offering loans as Beijing steps up a crackdown on the micro-loan sector to fend off financial risks.

Health Insurance and Managed Care nytimes.com

Editorial: When a Tax Cut Costs Millions Their Medical Coverage

Republicans couldn’t kill Obamacare. Their latest plan could be almost as damaging to people’s health.

Salmon nytimes.com

Opinion: A Gold Rush in Salmon Country

Thanks to Trump, a mining project that threatened fish is back in play.

For-Profit Schools nytimes.com

Editorial: Exploiting Veterans for Profit

And the Trump administration wants to make for-profit colleges even less accountable.

cnn.com

Ending trophy hunting could actually be worse for endangered species

I am a lifelong animal lover and vegetarian for whom the idea of killing animals for fun is repellent, and have committed my career to African wildlife conservation.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Bridging the Canyon Across the Holiday Table

In the Trump era, we’ve reached peak domestic hatred.

Civilian Casualties nytimes.com

Editorial: Telling the Truth About the Cost of War

As civilian casualties appear to rise, the American military is not acknowledging the extent of the problem.

Lacrosse nytimes.com

As Concussion Worries Rise, Girls’ Lacrosse Turns to Headgear

Unlike the boys’ game, girls generally have eschewed headgear partly to keep play more temperate. But concussion fears have teams adopting the equipment.

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Why Cyntoia Brown, who is spending life in prison for murder, is all over social media

This week, the case of a woman named Cyntoia Brown went viral on social media, even though she has already been in jail for more than ten years.

worldNews reuters.com

Iraqi militia indicates will hand heavy guns to army after Islamic State quashed

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A prominent Iraqi militia indicated on Thursday it would give any heavy weapons it had to the military once Islamic State was defeated and rejected a proposed U.S. congressional bill designating it a terrorist group.

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Warehouse fire sends huge clouds of smoke across London skyline

LONDON (Reuters) - A fire at an industrial estate sent clouds of smoke billowing across London on Thursday morning.

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Chefs are blending culinary traditions across the South

For far too long barbecue, grits and cornbread have defined outsiders' perceptions of the American Southerner's diet.

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PM Hariri urges Lebanese to put country first

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday that the recent period was a wake up call for the Lebanese with different loyalties to put their country first ahead of regional issues.

Religion and Belief nytimes.com

Editorial: What America Celebrates on Thanksgiving

It’s the one holiday that truly invites all comers.

topNews reuters.com

FTC says it is evaluating 'serious issues' raised in Uber's handling of a data breach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Trade Commission, which investigates companies accused of being sloppy with consumer data, said it was "closely evaluating the serious issues" raised in Uber's [UBER.UL] handling of its hack last year, an FTC spokesman said on Wednesday.

healthNews reuters.com

Many hospitals lack specialists for hand, face emergencies

(Reuters Health) - In an emergency involving face or hand trauma, barely one in four hospitals can muster a specialist surgeon, a recent U.S. study suggests.

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China says hopes South Korea continues to appropriately handle THAAD issue

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha on Wednesday that Beijing hopes Seoul continues to appropriately handle their dispute over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea, state media said.

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Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa to return to the country after Mugabe's resignation

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to return to the country on Wednesday and should be sworn in as president following the resignation of Robert Mugabe after nearly four decades in power, a senior ruling party official said.

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Editorial: Ms. Merkel Struggles to Hold Germany Together

Her failure to form a governing coalition could lead to new elections amid a growing threat from the right.

Race and Ethnicity nytimes.com

Editorial Observer: Colin Kaepernick and the Legacy of the Negro National Anthem

African-Americans have sound historical reasons for resenting “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Subways nytimes.com

Editorial: Who to Blame for Your Subway Nightmare

Here’s a hint: You probably voted for them.

Justice Department nytimes.com

How Trump’s Hands-Off Approach to Policing Is Frustrating Some Chiefs

The president says the Justice Department has meddled too much in policing. But even police chiefs in Republican areas are frustrated with his rollback.

healthNews reuters.com

Hand, wrist injuries in high school sports often severe

(Reuters Health) - High school athletes have high rates of hand and wrist injuries, especially in certain sports, according to a new U.S. study.

PersonalFinance reuters.com

U.S. consumer agency hits Citi with $6.5 million in fines over education lending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said on Friday it had ordered Citibank to pay $6.5 million for alleged student loan servicing failures it said had harmed...

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U.S. consumer agency hits Citi with $6.5 mln in fines over education lending

WASHINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said on Friday it had ordered Citibank to pay $6.5 million for alleged student loan servicing failures it said had harmed borrowers.

technologyNews reuters.com

EU agrees to end country-specific limits for online retailers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has agreed a plan obliging online retailers operating in the bloc to make electrical goods, concert tickets or car rental available to all EU consumers regardless of where they live.

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe resigns, ending four decades of rule

HARARE (Reuters) - Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe's president on Tuesday a week after the army and his former political allies moved against him, ending four decades of rule by a man who turned from independence hero to archetypal African strongman.

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Most blue whales are right-handed

Here's a real whale of a tale you can use at the Thanksgiving table to impress your in-laws or to fill that silence after Uncle Jack goes too far expressing his political passions: Most blue whales tend to be "right-handed."

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Big spending building materials maker CRH on lookout for more deals

DUBLIN, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Ireland's CRH, the world's third-largest building materials group by market capitalisation, said on Tuesday it has capacity on its balance sheet for more deals, after a spending spree this year.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-‍CBS to black out DISH customers' access to 28 local channels in 18 markets across 26 states​

* CBS Corporation blacks out DISH subscribers; DISH offers over-the-air antennas at no cost to affected customers

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White House asks Supreme Court to allow full travel ban to go into effect pending appeal

The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court on Monday night to allow the latest version of its controversial travel ban to go fully into effect, pending appeal.

Juvenile Delinquency nytimes.com

Editorial: Justice at Last for the Youngest Inmates?

The Supreme Court has narrowed the use of life sentences without parole for juveniles. Now it can end it for good.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes nytimes.com

Editorial: ‘Only Morons Pay the Estate Tax’

That’s a heck of a way for the Trump administration to talk about the richest Americans.

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Bureau of Prisons ending contracts with 16 halfway houses

The Bureau of Prisons is cutting off funding for halfway houses throughout the country, saving money the bureau says it needs at the expense of what reform advocates say are vital programs to help prisoners transition effectively and safely out of the corrections system.

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UPDATE 1-Saudi agency says country targeted in cyber spying campaign

LONDON/RIYADH, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian security officials said on Monday that the country had been targeted as part of a wide-ranging cyber espionage campaign observed since February against five Middle East nations as well as several countries outside the region.

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Saudi agency says country targeted in cyber spying campaign

LONDON/RIYADH, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian security officials said on Monday that the country had been targeted as part of a wide-ranging cyber espionage campaign observed since February against five Middle East nations as well as several countries outside the region.

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Dear senators: Don't bankrupt our country

Renting and Leasing (Real Estate) nytimes.com

Editorial: Why is New York Full of Empty Stores?

All these dead spaces hurt, and neighborhoods have a right to protect themselves.

Coups D'Etat and Attempted Coups D'Etat nytimes.com

Editorial: Mr. Mugabe Won’t Say What Zimbabwe Longs to Hear: I Quit

It’s good that the army has taken power, but whoever takes over must heed the cheering crowds who want an end to corruption and brutality.

Morocco nytimes.com

Morocco Food Stampede Leaves 15 Dead and a Country Shaken

Morocco has generally fared better than other countries in the region, but poverty is high in rural areas like the town where the stampede took place.

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Country music star Mel Tillis dies

Country music legend Mel Tillis died early Sunday morning, according to a statement from his publicist. He was 85.

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Mel Tillis, country music star known as 'Stutterin' Boy,' dead at 85

(Reuters) - Mel Tillis, who embraced his own speech impediment to become one of Nashville's most celebrated singer-songwriters during a six-decade career in country music, has died at age 85, his publicist said on Sunday.

Deaths (Obituaries) nytimes.com

Mel Tillis, Country Star Known for His Songs and His Stutter, Dies at 85

Mr. Tillis found a way to turn his speech impediment into an asset by getting audiences to laugh along with him.

entertainmentNews reuters.com

Country music star Mel Tillis dead at age 85, publicist says

(Reuters) - Mel Tillis, a Country Music Hall of Fame singer and songwriter who recorded more than 60 albums and penned a string of hits for Kenny Rogers, George Strait and other major artists, has died at age 85, his publicist said on Sunday.

Syria nytimes.com

Marked for ‘De-escalation,’ Syrian Towns Endure Surge of Attacks

An accord that tried to curb attacks in rebel-held areas has been touted as a crucial step in ending the long civil war. But increasingly, that deal is failing.

Trump, Donald J nytimes.com

Editorial Notebook: Dear Nobel Winners, Mr. Trump Has All the Brains He Needs

The president won’t meet this year’s American laureates, no surprise for “a very intelligent person” with no need for science.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Editorial: The Trump Administration Is Making War on Diplomacy

Rex Tillerson, ill suited as secretary of state, is dismantling his department to fit his limited ambitions.

Voter Registration and Requirements nytimes.com

Editorial: Virginia Makes Every Voter Count

Its governor restored the rights of thousands of disenfranchised felons to go to the polls, something all states should do.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 5-Wells Fargo consumer lending head axed after disparaging regulators -source

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Nov 17 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co announced on Friday it fired its head of consumer lending, a move that people familiar with the matter said was because he disparaged a bank regulator to a fired employee.

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BRIEF-Caesars Entertainment says units ‍ are each extending early payment deadline, withdrawal time and expiration date for their cash tender offers​

* Caesars Entertainment Corp - units ‍ are each extending early payment deadline, withdrawal time and expiration date for their cash tender offers​

PersonalFinance reuters.com

Wells Fargo consumer lending head axed after disparaging regulators: source

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co fired Franklin Codel, its head of consumer lending, over a conversation he had with a former employee about compensation in which he disparaged U.S....

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UPDATE 4-Wells Fargo consumer lending head axed after disparaging regulators -source

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Nov 17 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co fired Franklin Codel, its head of consumer lending, over a conversation he had with a former employee about compensation in which he disparaged U.S. regulators, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

businessNews reuters.com

Volkswagen accelerates push into electric cars with $40 billion spending plan

WOLFSBURG/HAMBURG (Reuters) - Volkswagen approved a 34 billion euro ($40 bln) spending plan on Friday that accelerates its efforts to become a global leader in electric cars.

Islands nytimes.com

Island Nations, With No Time to Lose, Take Climate Response Into Their Own Hands

Island states that are least responsible for global emissions but most vulnerable to storms and rising seas are looking outside the United Nations process for aid.

PersonalFinance reuters.com

Wells Fargo dismisses consumer lending head Codel

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co has fired its head of consumer lending over unsuitable communications he had with a former employee, the bank said on Friday, the latest upheaval at a...

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UPDATE 3-Wells Fargo dismisses consumer lending head Codel

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Nov 17 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co has fired its head of consumer lending over unsuitable communications he had with a former employee, the bank said on Friday, the latest upheaval at a lender roiled by scandal for more than a year.

PersonalFinance reuters.com

Wells Fargo dismisses consumer lending head Franklin Codel

(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co said on Friday Franklin Codel, a senior executive vice president and head of its consumer lending organization, has been dismissed, effective immediately.

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UPDATE 1-Wells Fargo dismisses consumer lending head Franklin Codel

Nov 17 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co said on Friday Franklin Codel, a senior executive vice president and head of its consumer lending organization, has been dismissed, effective immediately.

PersonalFinance reuters.com

Wells Fargo fires consumer lending head Franklin Codel

(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co said on Friday Franklin Codel, a senior executive vice president and head of its consumer lending organization, has been dismissed, effective immediately.

cnn.com

Chandeliers and propaganda: Inside North Korea's metro system

Buried 100 meters (328 feet) underground, the Pyongyang Metro is one of the deepest commuter systems in the world. It's also one of the world's most mysterious.

businessNews reuters.com

Volkswagen board discusses 70 billion euro spending plan: source

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen's supervisory board is discussing a five-year spending plan totaling more than 70 billion euros ($82.5 billion) to further transform the group into a leader in electric cars, a person familiar with the talks told Reuters.

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BRIEF-Southgobi Resources H shares on trading halt pending announcement on chairman

* Trading in shares of co halted pending announcement on Aminbuhe, chairman of board of directors of company​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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CORRECTED-AIRSHOW-Jetmakers end Dubai rollercoaster with big orders pending

DUBAI, Nov 16 (Reuters) - It started with a deal that never was and ended with the mother of all air show announcements - this week's Dubai Airshow saw little in the way of firm new business, but reminded observers the rivalry between two global giants is as fierce as ever.

Art nytimes.com

Editorial: The da Vinci Lode

The sale of Leonardo’s “Salvator Mundi” for almost a half-billion dollars says more about grotesque financial inequality than about art.

domesticNews reuters.com

U.S. towns, cities fear taxpayer revolt if Republicans kill deduction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From Pataskala, Ohio, to Conroe, Texas, local government leaders worry that if Republican tax-overhaul plans moving through the U.S. Congress become law, it will be harder for them to pave streets, put out fires, fight crime and pay teachers.

environmentNews reuters.com

20 percent chance of cyclone across southwest and central Caribbean sea: NHC

(Reuters) - An elongated area of low pressure from southwest to northeast across the southwestern and central Caribbean Sea has a 20 percent chance of turning into a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.

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Analysis: There's a massive moral vacuum in the country

When an "Access Hollywood" tape featuring Donald Trump making comments about how money and power allowed him to grab women in their private parts without penalty -- and he still won the White House -- we knew there would be political and cultural repercussions.

businessNews reuters.com

Jetmakers end Dubai rollercoaster with big orders pending

DUBAI (Reuters) - It started with a deal that never was and ended with the mother of all air show announcements - this week's Dubai Airshow saw little in the way of firm new business, but reminded observers the rivalry between two global giants is as fierce as ever.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Editorial: A Tax-Cut Bill to Make Scrooge McDuck Proud

Republicans have made clear where their values lie. Well-heeled campaign funders matter. Middle-class families don’t.

Automobiles nytimes.com

Wheels: The Near Future of Driving: Eyes Forward, but No Hands at 10 and 2

The Cadillac Super Cruise system is the latest in semiautonomous driving technology, allowing drivers to keep their hands off the wheel as long as they pay attention to the road.

worldNews reuters.com

Zimbabwe's Mugabe, coup chief meet with smiles and handshakes

HARARE (Reuters) - A smiling President Robert Mugabe was pictured shaking hands with Zimbabwe's military chief a day after the army seized power, throwing confusion over predictions that the 93-year-old's nearly four-decade rule had come to an end.

businessNews reuters.com

Siemens to cut 6,900 jobs across its energy businesses

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Siemens plans to cut about 6,900 jobs across its businesses supplying the power generation and oil and gas industries, which have been hit by the rapid growth of renewable energy.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 1-Georgia's TBC Bank Q3 profit up 29 pct, buoyed by strong lending

Nov 16 (Reuters) - TBC Bank Group Plc, Georgia's largest retail bank, reported a 29 percent jump in third-quarter underlying net profit, buoyed by robust lending, and maintained its medium-term return-on-equity (ROE) target.

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Georgia's TBC Bank Q3 profit up 29 pct, buoyed by strong lending

Nov 16 (Reuters) - TBC Bank Group Plc, Georgia's largest retail bank, reported a 29 percent jump in third-quarter underlying net profit, buoyed by robust lending, and maintained its medium-term return-on-equity target.

Famine nytimes.com

Editorial: Saudis Try to Starve Yemen Into Submission

Impeding humanitarian assistance and using famine as a weapon are war crimes, and the world is finally taking notice.

Coups D'Etat and Attempted Coups D'Etat nytimes.com

With Mugabe’s Era Ending in Zimbabwe, a Warning Echoes in Africa

Robert Mugabe has led Zimbabwe since 1980, but he underestimated his nation’s anger over his son’s unrestrained spending and his wife’s political ambitions.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures nytimes.com

Editorial: Mr. Trump Casts a Shadow Over the AT&T-Time Warner Deal

He politicizes everything he touches, so unless his appointees act with utmost integrity they will be tainted as his henchmen.

cnn.com

Senate candidate's attorney demands accuser hand over inscription for verification by experts

Former Judge Roy Moore continues to deny allegations of sexual abuse against him, his attorney Phillip L. Jauregui said at a news conference Wednesday, during which he attempted to cast doubt on the story of one of Moore's accusers.

Nuclear Weapons nytimes.com

Editorial: The Senate Questions the President’s Power to Launch Nukes

Mr. Trump has brought on himself this examination of his authority to order the launch of the world’s most deadly weapons.

politicsNews reuters.com

U.S. Justice Dept eyes spring to release findings on FBI handling of Clinton email probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The internal watchdog at the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday he hopes to complete his review by early spring into whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation erred when it announced it was reopening its investigation into Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's emails ahead of the 2016 presidential election.